posted on May, 23 2008 @ 01:40 PM
Well, to put it at it's most basic level, you can survive, or not survive. Not surviving IMO means being chained to all those things, mortgage,
car, job, infrastructure and fitting neatly into your tiny box that you're assigned. You're surviving just as well as someone on life support.
Is that survival? I think not, handing your life over to that is not survival.
Survival means making an active decision to live. By living, i mean living for yourself or family, and not for the sole purpose of corporate profit,
wage slavery is not living.
Now there are millions of "survivalists" out there who think buying every item in sportsmans guide or cabelas is preparing, and while it's good to
prepare, that's not what's being done. Are you prepared to carry all your "survival" stuff with you when it comes time?
These same millions i speak of are the same ones who would die if they had to make fire from sticks, or find water in the desert to survive. The
same ones i'd expect to find dead surrounded by a pile of useless gear, survival manual in hand, next to an improperly built solar still, and most
likely within 500 yards of good drinkable water. The same that would freeze to death because they lost their fancy firesteel and never bothered to
learn how to friction firelight.
True survivalism is a state of mind and nothing more. It's being able to sustain yourself with knowledge of how to use the world around you in an
efficient and sensible manner. It's the mindstate of being alive, and not just on life support.
I believe true survivalists aren't drawn to it so to speak, it's more of a realization of the natural way of life being very liberating and
enlightening, and seeking that actively. Those who realize that no matter what, as long as there's some good earth left, there's no reason that
one can't lead a happy and fulfilling life in harmony with the good earth, just as nature intended, and just as we have done for hundreds of
thousands of years before the rise of "advanced" civilization.
Even depending on all your gear is like being tied to the infrastructure.